A family of four loses $1500 a year on wasted food.
Plan ahead by making a list and only buying what you know you’ll use.
Each of us tosses nearly 300 lbs. of food each year.
Get in the habit of freezing leftovers, bread, vegetables and fruit, instead of tossing them in the garbage.
Wasting a pound of beef is equivalent to running the shower for 370 min.
The longer meat is left out in room temperature, the quicker it will spoil. Always shop for meat, poultry and seafood last and go directly home to put it away.
A quick soak in ice water for 5-10 minutes can revive wilted veggies.
Even if they can’t be restored, some veggies you intended to eat raw in your salad can still shine in a cooked dish.
Overcooked vegetables can always be transformed into soups or sauces.
Just toss them in the blender with soup stock, milk, or cream. Vegetables like broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and potatoes are excellent for this.
This is what happens when foods oxidizes in the freezer.
You probably won’t eat a whole loaf of bread at once, so slice it up and pop it in the freezer. Always squeeze any excess air from plastic bags and containers, freezer burn is harmless but does affects taste.
Browning or spotted bananas are perfectly fine to eat.
Bruised parts of bananas may be easily cut away or used. Very brown bananas and frozen bananas are great for baking quick breads, muffins, or cakes.
Start with small portions and minimize untouched food.
We want our kids to try new foods, but studies show many children have to try a food up to 15 times before accepting it. You can always offer seconds when they’re interested.
90% of us throw away food too soon.
Utilize recipes during the week that will use up the food that’s about to go bad in your pantry of refrigerator. Just because your lettuce is wilted doesn’t mean it’s time to toss it.
40% of food in America is wasted.
Avoid wasting food by seeing what needs to be used up before you go to the grocery store. Think of a meal to make with those items, check your pantry for the rest of the ingredients and add missing pieces to the shopping list.
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